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father’s day gift ideas 2017

i really enjoy shopping for gifts for other people.
when i find something that is a perfect gift – it makes me so happy!
i know that a lot of people feel the opposite and shopping is torture.
or you feel drained by it or like you can never find the right thing for anyone.
SO… my gift to you today is to attempt to help you find a great Father’s Day gift for a dad in your life!
all of these are Amazon Prime links so you can still get it in time for Father’s Day
or have it sent directly to dad himself!



USA Bottle Cap Map
available in USA shape and also all 50 state shapes are available too!
i thought this would look great in a “man-cave”.

Funny Mug from the “favorite child”

Favorite Child T-Shirt
i am positive there are tons of you who need to buy this for your dad.

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ATOMIC TRIMMER Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer
how funny is this?!
you definitely know a dad that needs this!

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YETI Rambler
craig got this cup for christmas and it was THE perfect gift!
he uses it every single day!
YETI cups keep your drink as hot or as cold as it was when you poured it – for a LONG time.

Sequence
this is a board game we’ve been playing forever!

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Watch Ya’ Mouth Board Game


Reverse Charades
a team acts out the clue for one person instead of the other way around…very funny!

Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

 


 Personal Library Kit
for the Dad who reads but wants his book back after you’ve read it.

Personal Book Assistant – Page Holder

 

 

 

subtle sign from Primitives by Kathy

 

Book Light

Stadium Seat 
NECESSITY for any Dad who has to go to lots of sporting events!
these chairs will save your back and rear end on those long tournament days.
absolutely worth every penny!

 

FitBit
excellent gift for the dad who is in shape or wants to get in better shape!

 

 

Dewalt Drill
this is the drill we have at our house and it’s been a GREAT purchase!

Dewalt Drill Bit Set to go with the drill!
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Complete Car Care Kit

Handheld Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner

Bacon Air Freshner

Magnetic Phone Mount for all phones


The Amazon Echo
this is a huge favorite in our house!
it has been a SUPER purchase that we recommend to everybody.
it is $40 off right now too!
and the Echo Dot is the second best thing!
we have this set up in other areas of our house hooked up to existing speakers.
we have said “what did we ever do with out Alexa?”
i think any Dad would love an Echo or an Echo Dot.
they are easy to use and very easy to set up.

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All Weather Outdoor Speakers
we have these speakers hanging up on our back patio (with the echo dot)
and they are AWESOME!
when we are way out at the fire pit we can still hear our music easily.

Zero Gravity Chair
i can’t say this is my favorite thing to look at on our patio BUT it is my husband’s favorite chair to sit in.
And he said it HAD to go on this list because it’s so comfortable!
he thinks all the dudes in blogland need this chair.

i have put this Homemade Ice Cream Maker on several lists but that’s because it was the BEST gift i ever bought for craig!
he loves it so much!
it has become his “thing” – he makes the homemade ice cream!
and it is soooo so yummy!
it is such a fun treat to have on summer nights.

i love these Funny Socks for Dads by Blue Q.

Leaf Blower
kind of a random gift maybe BUT a leaf blower is my favorite yard tool!
you can clean anything in a fraction of the time!
this is the one we have and we ordered it on amazon so i can tell you that it works.
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Metal Detector
guys love these things!
it’s that deeply engrained “hunter” in all of them.

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Fire Pit 
making memories in the backyard around a campfire is what summer is all about!
i really like this rectangle shaped one too!

Telescoping Marshmallow Roasting Sticks    
These extend out to 30 inches!

 

 

 


The OBSESSIVE CHEF Bamboo Cutting Board
perfect gift for a cook that likes things done very precisely.

Electric Griddle
great for making family-size batches for breakfast, lunch & dinner

Smiley Face Nylon Spatula
every great pancake maker needs a really happy pancake flipper!
it’s so fun!

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Coffee Bean Grinder for freshly ground coffee every morning

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Milk Frother Wand and Stainless Steel Frothing Pitcher
an easy way to get a fancy coffee house drink at home.
bring on the lattes!


Bear Paws Meat Shredders
we love having these to shred up meat in the crock pot or after we’ve made something in the smoker.

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Grill Utensils

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Pizza Stone for the Grill
this is a fun way to use the grill!

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Pizza on The Grill Cookbook
(don’t tell but this is ordered for a certain father that lives at my house…)

Grill Basket for vegetables
this was the gift we gave mr. duerksen last year and we use it ALL the time!

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Grill Mat to protect your deck from grease or stains

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Stuffed Burger Press
to make perfectly sized burgers filled with anything you’d want!

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BBQ Skewer Shish Kabob Set

 


Putting Green – 3′ x 9′
great for the office or at home too!

Exploding Golf Balls
this made me crack up and i thought that so many kids would love to give this to their dads.

Golf Club covers – in all the NCAA teams

Binoculars

a “tire swing” bird feeder
my dad really likes bird watching and having as many birds in the yard as possible.
i think this would be a great addition to his bird feeders.

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Horse Head or Unicorn Head Squirrel Feeder
i know i shared this last year but it’s just so funny i had to share it again!

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Giant Connect Four
i thought this looked like a lot of fun to have out in the backyard for parties or family time.

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Classic Corn Hole Game
great family game that we’ve loved for years – also fun to have at a party or family reunion!

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Giant “Jenga” Tumbling Blocks Game 
tower gets up to 5 feet high!

Flashlight Frisbee
something fun to do even when it’s dark!

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Giant Inflatable Basketball Hoop for the pool

Tent for camping far away or in your own backyard

Ultra Bright Camping Lantern

 

Video Projector for outdoor movie nights!
we love having a projector for family movie nights or our kids’ friends coming over.

gift card is ALWAYS a good gift for someone to pick out just what they want!
and it’s EASY.


If you’re curious about my other Gift List Ideas… CLICK HERE for all the gift idea posts i’ve ever done!

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Jenny B. - I know it’s past Father’s Day, but this is a great list! 🙂 My 12-year-old is most definitely getting that bacon air freshener in his stocking this Christmas! Ha! 🙂

Kellie - Bought that projector for the hubs! Thanks!

Ohio12 - Do you have a meat smoker you recommend?

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summer is here!


kansas in the end of may and beginning of june is THE BEST!
Yellow fields of wheat everywhere you go!

talby got to go to prom!
she went with a group of friends and had a really fun time.

picking out her dress was actually lots of fun!
annie came along and we put her in charge of hanging the dresses back on the hanger.
i was in charge of getting the next dress off of the hanger and ready to put on.
#teamwork
and then we wished annie needed a gown for something special too because this one was SO cute!


a sleepy Friday night at our house while “watching” the NBA finals.


Chickens and peonies! two of my favorite things!

these black & white ones are two of the “babies” – getting so big.

love my shirt from All Good Things Collective!  It’s really really soft!



i think i was trying to take a picture of the house being really clean but these guys wanted a pic instead.
they are cuter than a clean house anyway.

this spring in the flower beds, daisies came up EVERYWHERE!
which was fine with me!
and ladybugs were everywhere too – that’s for good luck,  right?


a wheatfield before it was yellow on a stormy day.
i drive this road alllll the time.

craig had a birthday and we can’t remember doing anything!
i took this picture of the donuts so i know we had that – but otherwise we have completely forgotten.
must be our age…

the building behind him is the little bitty hospital where he was born.
we were in that small town for a track meet just before his birthday and i had him pose for this memory.
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i spray painted an old bed for the Craft House last week in this beautiful bright sun yellow.
it made me feel so happy!
and all that pom pom trim at hobby lobby always make me smile.


scott’s birthday is just after craig’s.
to celebrate we ended up at the zoo!
interesting choice for a 19 year old’s birthday but it was fun and something we do much anymore now that they are getting so much older.
when we arrived we found out it was also a Cinco De Mayo festival going on!
to get from one area to another at the zoo our whole family had to walk single file straight through the dance floor FULL of people dancing and celebrating to a very loud live band… it was so funny!
Scott chose Texas Roadhouse for his birthday dinner and we even go him to ride the birthday saddle!
i used to cook their favorite meal for their birthdays but now we go out to eat at the restaurant of their choice.
it’s just easier with kids not living at home, busy schedules of teens and all that goes along with that.
and then after dinner – i make them take a selfie.
because i can!

happy birthday scotty boy!


i had craig teach me how to use the jigsaw!
power tools make crafting even more fun!

annie learned to use the riding mower last week!
she was very cautious (s l o w) but there’s nothing wrong with that.
hopefully she’ll want to do it more than just that one time.
this below was the view behind me when taking that picture of annie – quite dramatic!

the peonies at the craft house are always so gorgeous.
And half the house still has the old purple & cream trim while the other half is sporting the new navy & white!
Painting a house is such a long process!


we took all three of these nerds to the vet at one time.
#dumb
but at least it’s over and they are up to date on their vaccinations.


talby competed in track all year in the 300 hurdles & 100 hurdles.
she’s the blurry one on the right side of the pic.
but hey… check out that sunset!

the girls 4×4 relay team made it all the way to State!
Talby was an alternate for this team.
three of the four girls on that state team were freshmen!
can’t wait to watch them over these next three years – they are so fast!

meixcan food on mother’s day for the win!
and clearly we liked our meals – clean plate club.
also i took a 3 hour nap that day!
craig painted the guest room for me and arranged for new flooring to be put in it as my mother’s day gift.
i was definitely happy about that.
annie knows that starbucks is my favorite and got me a gift card (to take her there – ha!)

on the last week of school annie had a choir concert.
we curled her hair and put on a little makeup and suddenly she was 20 years old!
what the heck?
slow down with all this growing-up-at-warp-speed stuff kids!
it’s not nice.

see what i mean?
grown!


but not too grown to bring home giant frogs from the pond nearby just for fun.
this was the biggest frog i’ve seen/held in my life.


first summer campfire in the back yard fire pit.
this spot is pure loveliness.
we will be watching the sunset as many times as we can from this spot.

and these are all my plants i have to plant.
i did put about 1/3 of them in the ground already but the rest is waiting patiently for me to get my act together!
thankfully i like gardening a lot – not digging out the rocks and the roots… just regular flower planting.
and speaking of that – i need to go water these pots right now.

Sarah D - I’ve been following your blog for years and check in every once in a while. I cannot believe how fast kids grow! My 13 year old is taller than me now at 5’10! God bless you in your journey! Thanks for still blogging! I love taking photos and you have SO many great photos!

meg duerksen - HI meredith! I got that rug about 2 or 3 months ago from homedepot.com!

Ann - Yea for Talbys modest dress!!!! How very classy!!!

meredith - Great pics Meg! Can you tell me where you got the rug that’s in your family room? Thanks! 🙂

Kathy L - What a lovely post……lots going on and beautiful pics!!

Dana Powell - I just love your happy blog. 🙂 And today I was doing laundry and thought ‘that was dumb’…and instantly thought of you. It should be your trademark phrase!!

Lorri - Love this post! A sweet, happy peek inside family life. Happy summer!

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Spring Camp Create Sponsors

Each of these companies gifted their product to our guests at April’s Camp Create!
These are companies that I love for their creativity and awesomeness.
They are each generous and fabulous to work with!
Let’s all support these hard working women!

Allen Designs Studio

Use the code whatever15  for 15% off your order – only good through Sunday.
I LOVE my Michelle Allen bags!!!
I use them for everything and I always get compliments on them everywhere I go!

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Raising Up Rubies

Use the code CAMPCREATE20 for 20% off  – offer good through May 31st.
Jaime has such a bright and cheerful shop!
She is a rainbow loving lady & has designed loads of fun paper goods, stitching patterns and some really happy jewelry!

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CRAVE Popcorn Company
Use the code campcreate for 15% off your order.
This would make EXCELLENT teacher gifts for the end of school!  And Father’s Day is coming up quick!
My favorite flavor is the White Chocolate Oreo!

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Lakeside Daydreams

Use the code CAMPCREATE20 for 20% off your order – offer good through August 31.
Jenna creates inspiring artwork in her shop that makes me want to travel and go on adventures!
go check it out!

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Benzie Design 
Use the code CAMPCREATE10 for 10% off for your order.
There is no better felt to work with in the world than BENZIE!
It makes such a huge difference in the quality of your product!
you can purchase felt by the sheet or the yard and they have pom poms too!
They also offer it in color palettes to make it even easier for you to get creative right away.

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Shannan Martin’s Falling Free
I was so thrilled Shannan would send our campers her book!
it is sooooo good and i want EVERYONE to get to read it & share it & love it as much as i do!
You can join in with her discussion group by clicking HERE
Sign up for her newsletter too!
you can follow Shannan on IG: @shannanwrites & read her blog at shannanmartinwrites.com.

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Pen + Paint

Use the code CREATE20 for 20% off your order.
Lindsay is a super creative illustrator! I love all the bright colors she uses in all her work!
These notebooks are so lovely!  She has loads of different designs too.

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Katy Girl Designs

Use the code WHATEVER15 for 15% off  your order.
Katy makes prints, canvases, calendars & notecards that are whimsical & happy!
This print is SO beautiful!  It’s perfect for any special lady in your life – even yourself!

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Lindsay Letters
Use the code CAMPCREATE15 for 15% off  your order – offer good through June 20.
Creative, unique & inspiring artwork fills Lindsay’s shop!
It was so fun to be able to send our Campers home with her new coloring book filled with bible verses, art work & quotes:
 CLICK HERE to order it!

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Barn Owl Primitives
Use the code CREATE15 for 15% off your order.
Barn Owl Primitives is a family owned, artist-driven shop selling handcrafted, vintage-inspired products, made with love.
there is a LOT of really fun stuff in their shop!  Signs… vintage goods… bags… kitchenwares… bunting!

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Jennie - Had a very “Meg” weekend – used your code to FINALLY buy the LL Doxology canvas I’ve wanted for years. And bought paint for my own rainbow stairs to the basement. THANK YOU!

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Camp CREATE coming september 2017

September 6-10, 2017 is our next Camp CREATE!
I am so excited to spend time with all these women and with… YOU!
Registration opens at noon (CST) on Monday May 22 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFORMATION.
In the past Camp has sold out within a few minutes so be sure to be ready at noon!

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in 2014 i began dreaming and praying about what kind of place this camp could be…

CAMP CREATE:

– a place where women could come for a longer stay for a true break from the everyday routines.
– to create & feel confident that they were created for a purpose.
– to be reminded that they are God’s Masterpiece.
– to learn more about the plans God has for each of us.
– to explore WHY their art and gifts are important.
– to feel empowered as artists.
– to be in a beautiful space that sparks inspiration in every corner
– to see that WHO they are..right now just as they are… matters and means something!
– to know that the desire to create is instilled in them by God and it’s REAL.
– to feel safe to share their dreams
– to be taken care of and pampered (women are always care giving… this is a time to be cared FOR)
– to grow spiritually, emotionally and creatively
– to uncover what their dreams might be if they don’t know
– to have a restful place to CREATE & PLAY
– to discover more about our identities in Christ.
– to be encouraged to SHINE everyday no matter their life circumstances

and God is continuing to make this happen!

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CAMP CREATE is a place where for four wonderful days we will focus on the gifts of creativity, learning about God’s unique design for each of us and how God makes us artists.

even if you have never painted a painting or sculpted a pot… you are still an artist!

If you don’t consider yourself a “real artist” you will still fit perfectly at camp.
all skill levels are welcome!  beginner to professional!
you have a purpose and goals and a heart that is worth fighting for!
God put a need to create inside us…there are endless ways that it can show itself…not just paint or pencils.
He made us in His image – the CREATOR!
He filled our hearts with Dreams!

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i am so thrilled to have Stephanie “Honey” Holden as our speaker!
Each day she will share in the morning & evening, challenging us with questions to answer in our quiet times and thoughts to consider while we are creating.  She brings the bible in a beautiful gentle way that is so good for women’s hearts.
She is such an encourager and y’all…SHE IS FUN!  It’s going to be amazing! (heart eye emojis!!)
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our art instructors are Jeanne Oliver,  Rachel Denbow and ME    🙂
we will teach skills and techniques that are unique to each of our giftings.
our days at camp are full of creating art together that is centered in our joy of using our hands to MAKE stuff!
our time is very free flowing and open ended… it’s FABULOUS.

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Kimberlee Jost always prepares amazing meals for camp.
she is so talented at serving delicious food and making it look easy and effortless.
i am so happy to eat anything she serves!
let’s all hope together that her chocolate peanut butter cake makes an appearance.  😉

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each camp we have had has been so GOOD!
we can’t wait to watch how God moves in our hearts this September.

we are so thrilled to be able to invite YOU to be a part of CAMP CREATE 2017!

if you still don’t know what i am talking about you can read here about our past camps:

Camp CREATE 2017 – spring

Camp CREATE 2016 – fall

Camp CREATE 2016 – spring

Camp CREATE 2015

Camp CREATE 2014

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IMPORTANT FACTS to note:

1. Tickets go on sale at May 22 at noon (CST) in my shop.
there are only 11 spots available for CAMP CREATE… last year we sold out in ten minutes.

2. there will be installment plans available for registration.
– First payment of $250 will be on Monday May 22 through Paypal in my shop.
This payment is non-refundable but will go towards your total registration cost.

– Second payment of $625 is due on June 22, 2017

– Third payment of $625 is due on July 22, 2017

OR if you want to pay more or the full the remaining amount after May 22… you can do that as soon as you’d like.

3.  airfare and travel is not included  in the price but we will take you to & from the airport on wednesday & sunday of camp.

4.  if you do not get a spot and would like me to keep your name in case of a cancelation – leave it in the comments.  i have had to use these names every camp so it’s worth a try!

5.  leave your questions in the comments and i will try my best to answer them in the comment area.

Sally Carne - Hello, I would like to be added to the list in case of a cancellation. Thank you, Sally C.

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